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Author Guide for Culture & Conflict Review

Culture & Conflict Review is a peer reviewed online journal sponsored by the Program for Culture & Conflict Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School. We publish concise articles that address issues of current interest to policy makers, military commanders, academics, and the general public. We are particularly interested in articles addressing culture, anthropology, regional and identity politics, or the contemporary role of U.S. forces in areas of conflict.  We premise our mission on the concept that an understanding of culture and the human terrain of other nations and people is essential in U.S. foreign policy.  Our journal seeks articles that will encourage thinking, generate discussion, and gain new insight into the challenges and opportunities confronting U.S. policymakers and military operators. Views that run counter to the conventional wisdom or official U.S. government policy are encouraged.

Culture and Conflict Review publishes three major types of pieces:

Feature Articles: Scholarly analyses of a current topic, region, or culture in the news. These will be 2000-5000 words in length, including footnotes. These articles are expected to draw heavily from academic and policy journals, summarizing or evaluating major issues of interest to our readers. They should be written for the non-specialist, avoiding unnecessary jargon. While these pieces will offer policy-relevant conclusions, they should focus on the substance of the issues at hand rather than infighting among decision-makers or scholars.

Viewpoints: These are shorter pieces (500-2000 words) that are more informal than the feature articles but nonetheless provide insights into a subject that would be valuable to our readers. While these likely will not contain heavy footnoting, they still must be substantive policy articles.  Op-ed pieces will be considered.  'Viewpoints' should maintain standards of presentation suitable for a scholarly journal, avoiding idle speculation, unsubstantiated assertions, and inflammatory language.

Book Reviews: Analytical reviews (1000-2000 words) of new books that fit the scope of the journal.  Book reviews should provide considerable insight into the thesis and arguments proposed by the author and your objective analysis.

Unsolicited articles, document analyses, and op-ed pieces are always welcome.

While accepted articles typically appear in the journal within one month of submission, we will consider expedited publication for especially time-sensitive articles on a case-by-case basis. If planning such a piece, please email an abstract as soon as possible in advance of the full article and have the article in no later than the one week prior to the desired publication date.

Timeline: Culture & Conflict Review is a biweekly journal published on the 1st and 15th of each month.  When those days fall on non-business days, the journal will be released on the next business day.

Style: Articles for Culture & Conflict Review should be concise and use clear language. The first paragraph of an article should capture the reader's attention and clearly delineate the argument that the article will develop. The body should build the argument using reputable sources and clear analysis. The conclusion should both sum up and present the implications of the analysis.  The editor reserves the right to edit all manuscripts for length, clarity, and conformity with our stylistic standards. Substantive changes will be provided to the author for approval.

All submissions should also follow these guidelines:
Please submit manuscripts by e-mail, as an MSWord-compatible attachment, to ccsinfo@nps.edu. Manuscripts should be in 12 point Times New Roman font and double-spaced throughout.

Always spell out first references and acronyms and use full names and titles.  You may choose to follow the Chicago Manual of Style for formatting of notes and for general style guidance. Other styles will be accepted; however the editor reserves the right to conform your article to our journal’s standards.  If articles that you reference in your notes are available online, include the URL at the end of the citation.

If you wish us to link text within the body of your article to a web site, underline the text that you wish to hyperlink, followed by the target web site address in brackets, as follows:
"...link text <link target URL>..."

Avoid bureaucratic and military jargon - you understand these terms far better than your readers. Names of organizations should be spelled out and, if re-used, abbreviated as follows:
“United Nations Development Program (UNDP)”

Use sub-headings to break the article into smaller sub-sections, to ease on-screen reading.

Submissions should be accompanied by:
A brief biography including relevant positions, education, and publications to establish your knowledge and credibility as a subject-matter expert.  This will accompany your article if we publish it, unless you state otherwise.  Optionally, you may also submit a digital photograph to accompany your biography. We reserve the right to crop and resize photos.

Complete contact information including name, address, email address, fax number, phone number, and time zone.

If you wish to include images in your article, submit the images as independent files along with the article file, and ensure that you are not violating copyrights in using the images.

Tables or charts should also be submitted as independent files, as we may format these as image or PDF files linked to the main article.

Review Process
We send an acknowledgment to the author when the manuscript is received. Articles will be reviewed by subject matter experts and the author notified of publication status within 10 days.

Authors are responsible for their manuscript's accuracy and source documentation. Place all citations in endnotes — no bibliography is necessary. Culture & Conflict Review uses the conventions prescribed in The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed. (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2003).

Non-English Words and Names
Culture & Conflict Review uses the standards set forth by The New York Times and will edit any alternative spellings to conform to this standard. Words or phrases included for specific reasons, such as noting the difference between meanings of similar phrases, will be left as is. Publication of non-Roman characters may be limited by existing HTML.

Previously Published Articles
Do not submit a manuscript to Culture & Conflict Review while it is being considered elsewhere or if it has been published elsewhere or if it is available on the Internet. We will consider summaries and excerpts from books and other longer pieces on a case-by-case basis. Authors must indicate which part(s) of the article have been published and where, and obtain any necessary permissions from the original publisher.

Authors retain copyright of accepted articles, but grant the Program for Culture & Conflict Studies the right to publish submitted articles on this web site.

We do not pay authors for submitted articles that we publish.

Manuscripts by U.S. military personnel and other government employees may require official clearance. Check with your supervisor for guidance.

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